Latino civil rights pioneer loses battle with cancer

September 5, 2010 6:24:38 PM PDT
A Bay Area man considered by many to be a pioneer in the Latino civil rights movement has lost his battle with cancer.

Felix Elizalde died at home Saturday night surrounded by family and friends. He had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for lymphoma.

Elizalde formed the La Raza Media Educational Fund to provide scholarships for students interested in media careers. He was also on the Alameda County Board of Education and a teacher.

The family is planning a public memorial that will be announced later.

Elizalde was 79.